places to go in melbourne's west
So much to do, so many places to go! Everything is covered here in Mamma Knows West's 'places to go' - take your time and have a browse through some of these fab options - you'll find heaps of inspiration plus a handy map, making it easier to uncover something new for you and the crew to enjoy.
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We never get sick of ice skating - it is just fun and a great family adventure. Skate hire and little penguin hire (for beginners) are included with your ticket and we couldn’t see a time limit so stayed until we could skate no more!
The Victorian Goldfields Railway is such a great family outing, to experience the joy of riding in an old steam train and getting a glimpse into life in another time. Hop on to the train at either Maldon or Castlemaine and coast along for about 45-50 minutes through lovely bushland and along trails.
If you are heading up to Ballarat this July, you MUST give this little freebie art trail a go. The Activated Artwalk is a street art experience like none other.
The Imperial Hotel has had a magical makeover. Mamma and her minions love a little magic - they may even have a few tricks up their sleeves! So, you can imagine the squeals of excitement when we heard this news!
Terracotta Warriors and 10 thousand starlings. This is an exhibition not to be missed!
Dinosaurs after DARK! How roarsome. Catch Wild Nights at Werribee Open Range Zoo these school holidays.
Sunday is FUNDAY at the footy. Heading into watch your favourite team play gets all super family friendly on Sundays at the MCG and Marvel Stadium. This program and relaxed game day festivities, is an ideal way to introduce your pipsqueaks to the great game and Aussie tradition.
Stand back and take hold as a surging sea engulfs the entire room! Shifting Surrounds is immersive visually and also loud and dark but cool and thought provoking.
Here at the Seaworks Maritime Museum, some of that history has been preserved so that our generation get to appreciate it. There are plenty of amazing artefacts, and ship models to see - but the most interesting thing are the tales that the men who run this museum tell.
For outdoor adventure lovers, this place has it all. The beauty of this area is stunning with those huge rocks, breathtaking views and lovely bushland.
Follow the Dino prints left when you go in the gates towards the Werribee river trail. Head through the Zoorassic gates and you will find the new home of some very familiar feisty friends! ZOORASIC DINOSAURS!
Mamma LOVES a hedge maze, there is just something magical and mysterious about them. And kids of all ages seem to love getting lost in the never ending pathways.
How cute is this! Mamma has found the perfect little spot to have a shopping break at Highpoint!
When you think of the Big Top do you get that sense of intrigue and a little thrill of anticipation at the sometimes death defying acts, the MAGIC and the FUN of all things CIRCUS? Mamma sure does! PLUS with added Dino fun, the kids will just LOVE it!
Mamma thinks this is more like a massive waterpark than just a swim centre, and the perfect place to dive in for some indoor aquatic FUN! With a 50 metre pool, learn to swim pool, warm water pool for exercise, toddlers pool, spa and sauna, two massive 12.5 metre high water slide, a water adventure park and a kids splash pad (phew!), you’re going to have a hard time getting the kids to leave!
Strawberry fields forever! Well, until the end of the season anyway! Mamma and co love hunting in these fields of joy for the perfect strawberry - and there are plenty!
The Hoyts at The District Docklands has only recently just opened and it is a little different from the usual kind of cinema. Firstly, every single seat in the entire 8 cinema complex is a powered recliner! Ahhhhh! So good! It really is a touch of luxury to get you fully in the mood to relax and enjoy yourself.
When you go through as many blueberries as Mamma’s family, seeing row upon row of these little delicious gems is a sight to see! Otway Blueberries has been around since the 90’s and they provide blueberries all around the Otways and surf coast. You can, of course, pick your own stash here though too - and Mamma sure does LOVE pickin’!!
You are enveloped in large lush ferns and gorgeous forest greenery on the way, and you can stop and do some rock hopping near the river too - if you are lucky you may even see a platypus! Mamma says take a deep breath while you are here and fill your lungs with the beautiful fresh air. This is a truly lovely place.
The tower was opened about 20 years ago and was actually an arts project, and is dubbed a monument for ‘Migration and Aspirations’- Mamma has to say - it’s a lovely tower! You can see all around the wetlands from this vantage point and have a great view of the city as well.
Here’s a little Westie history lesson! Did you know about this hidden little old fishing village? It has been around for about 100 years and was the site of the first boat hire business in Melbourne - which ferried the fancy folk to the old racecourse to watch Phar Lap race.
Mamma loves the moon and rarely misses an opportunity to gaze up at it when it is at its fullest and brightest.
Well, this is an amazing opportunity to get up close and take some time to marvel at Earth's only permanent natural satellite. Museum of the Moon at Scienceworks is quite breathtaking.
Oh yes...this looks just like Mamma's garden...well, the one in her dreams maybe!
Sunset Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo is happening every Friday and Saturday night from November through to March
Mamma LOVES her mini golf and with a swing like hers - doing it in the dark is a bonus!
Designed to push your limits, test your emotions and give everyone a new awareness of not only your surroundings but also what it is like to live with low vision or blindness.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq is literally a one-stop spot for some fun at The District and it is officially opening on October 18!
The Reading Corner is FREE for everyone to come and enjoy.